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Fudakowski makes helming debut

'Secret Sharer' lensing in Thailand

LONDON — British producer Peter Fudakowski, who won the foreign language film Oscar in 2006 for Gavin Hood’s “Tsotsi,” is making his directing debut with “Secret Sharer,” which is shooting in Thailand.

The $5 million feature is a contemporary love story, inspired by Joseph Conrad’s early 20th century novella of the same name about a ship captain who hides a fugitive on a perilous voyage.

In Fudakowski’s version, the captain is a Polish adventurer, played by Royal Shakespeare Co. actor Jack Laskey, who is seeking his fortune in the go-getting economy of modern China. He’s given the job of sailing a rusting cargo ship to the scrapyard. On the way, he picks up a young Chinese woman accused of murdering her husband and lets her shelter in his cabin, where she becomes his confidante and lover.

The fugitive is played by Zhu Zhu, a former presenter for MTV China whose acting credits include “Cloud Atlas” and the Chinese remake of “What Women Want.”

Dialogue is in English and Mandarin. Fudakowski wrote the screenplay and is producing with Tom Waller of De Warrenne Pictures.

Fudakowski’s last film as a producer was “Tsotsi.” He also exec produced Tanya Wexler’s “Hysteria,” which will be released in May by Sony Pictures Classics.

“Secret Sharer” is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute with Fudakowski’s UK Film and TV. Robbie Little of the Little Film Co. is handling sales.

Joseph D’Morais, Hakan Kousetta, Julia Palau, Rupert Lywood and Alan Howden are exec producers, with Michael Kwiecinski as co-producer and Henrietta Fudakowski as associate producer.

Filming started in February and finishes in April. The crew shot for four weeks on board ship before moving to Bangkok’s Moonstar Studios.

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